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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D7000
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Byzantine Chess Table 2 by ImrikDragon Byzantine Chess Table 2 by ImrikDragon
As you can plainly see this is not an ordinary chess board. This is what is known as Byzantine Chess or round chess. When I was first thinking of building this table I thought I had come up with a rather brilliant original idea. However with a little research I discovered that a few other had already come up with the idea before me. I still think I've one upped them though since this is the first board I know of that wasn't just made of cheap plastic.

Rather than the pieces being lined up along an edge the standard chess set up is split in half and then folded backwards. So the king and queen go on the inner ring of the board. The Bishops go on the second ring, Knights on the third, and Rooks on the fourth. The pawns then Go on all four rows surrounding the upper pieces. This set up now requires the players to battle on two fronts instead of one.

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pixarviolet Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
wow pretty amazing, I like it's circle, that's unique for a chess board.
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3452te Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Hey were can you even find one, cause I'd tried to find one?
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Artisan Crafter
The only boards I've seen have all been home made.
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This must be complicated to play!
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loghomery Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Great idea, nice work! Spider-Web-Chess :-)
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is BRILLIANT and as a Chess Lover, I'm completely obsessed now. Your work rivals the Masters.
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madnezz344 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I challenge you :D
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Betawhofic Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Awesome! A new way to play chess. And classy too!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome in the backyard :D
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SleepyHuman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Lovely pieces, and the Byzantine Chess table makes it even more unique!
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vikingsoprano Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Very nicely done.
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wordsrioting Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
This is fantastic! I was also going to suggest a darker finish, but noticed your comment to someone else suggesting the same thing. Clear would be nice, but maybe a cherry finish or light mahogany might work better than the dark walnut? I also think it would look a bit more balanced with the center hollowed out just a bit. Enough to give it a nice indent that isn't too deep. I could see the appeal of calling checkmate and pushing your opponent's king into "the pit" :D
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Oh man, and I can't manage regular chess! The need to defend two sides appeals though.
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SanaShiuya Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A dark Varnish would really pull it off
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   Artisan Crafter
You know I thought that very same thing. So I put a nice dark walnut varnish on and you know what? It looked like shit. So I went back in the next day and spent 6 hours sanding it all back off. I've decided I'm just going to put a clear coat on it. I'll update the photo when I do, but with the holidays and all it may be a few weeks.
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SanaShiuya Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats so stressful! What woulfd be a nice finish? like the idea of clear
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
The pieces are all so great on this board. I can't believe you made that table yourself, with that inlay so well done. It looks like a spider web. This is so unique on many levels - I just love it!!!
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thank you, heh my professor was impressed I'd done the stone inlay so well too. When I had first pitched the idea to him he said it would take me all semester just to cut the tiles perfect enough to make it fit in a circle. Took me like a week :p
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! Way to stick it to the Man. :P
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MaddociousTheEnigma Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really really cool! I want!!
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Burokku-Sumisu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
ditto!!!!!!!!
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